On a visit to the region in 2019, Gerscovich and his two brothers were struck by the natural attributes of the area, including its other-worldly landscape and natural light patterns.
Creatively inspired, they purchased a two hectare parcel of land where they could apply interesting architectural techniques to the realisation of their vision of an integrated retreat nestled into the untouched desert landscape.
The land was blessed with the presence of iconic Joshua trees, abundant natural boulder formations, and majestic views, providing the sense of being in a national park within a national park.
Within a stone’s throw of a pair of Joshua trees, the designers envisioned the house as a metaphoric fallen branch.
Their design focused on eco-humility, beginning with a low-profile volumetric scale of 2.75m to ensure that the structure would not impose on the landscape.
“We also chose very simple, low-maintenance materials, including concrete, cedar, and glass, that will age naturally within the surrounding environment,” says Gerscovich.
“The house still looks new, but we fully expect it to naturally weather and grey in a beautiful way over time.”
The house has emerged as a refuge designed for privacy and tranquility, available for the world at large to experience as a vacation rental hosted by Homestead Modern.
A 365m private road leads through terrain flanked by Joshua trees, winding its way to a 2.7m-high horizontal wall that fully conceals the house.
A strategically planted dancing Yucca tree welcomes guests and demarcates the home's integrated entrance.